Just inside the Y-Center door (closest to the Thrift Shop), on your right, you will see a tall book shelf, and on that book shelf there are two black-plastic boxes each having a sign saying “USED HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES ONLY”. Please read the sign then deposit your used batteries in either one of these two boxes.
WHAT ARE “HOUSEHOLD” BATTERIES: These are batteries from electronic devices typically used in or around your home. Cell phones and chord-less phones, flashlights, security backup devices, timers, watches and hearing aids, power tools, and so forth.
BATTERY TYPES TO LEAVE AT THE YMCA:
ALKALINE: The word “Alkaline” is almost always written on he battery. The word may not be in english, but the words for Alkaline in Spanish and French look very similar. Alkaline batteries that have their positive & negative terminals on opposite ends of the battery DO NOT NEED TO HAVE THEIR TERMINALS TAPED before leaving them at the YMCA. (his is a DOT policy change from a few years ago.) Alkaline batteries that have their positive & negative terminals on only one end of the battery (such as large 6V lantern batteries) should have both terminals covered with heavy tape such as duct tape. We have found that about 90% of all the household batteries left at the YMCA are alkaline batteries.
NOTE – Some “Alkaline” batteries DO NOT have the word “Alkaline” printed on the battery. This is often true for inexpensive, lower-quality, alkaline batteries manufactured outside the United States. These batteries, although they are alkaline, may have some combination of the following words printed on them.
“Pb” – the elemental symbol for Lead. (These batteries may also include an image of a trash can with one or two slashes across the image.)
0% Hg - the elemental symbol for Mercury, (Or it may have the words “no Mercury” or “no Hg”.)
0% Cd - the elemental symbol for Cadmium. (Or it may have the words “no Cadmium” or “no Cd”.)
“No Hg and Cd” or the printing may say “No Mercury & No Cadmium” or some other version of these words.
IF YOU SEE NONE OF THESE WORDS (above, under “ALKALINE”) PRINTED ON THE BATTERY, then separately bag it, zip the top closed, and treat it as a NON-ALKALINE battery (see below).
NON-ALKALINE: There are MANY different kinds of Non-alkaline household batteries. Often, but not always, these batteries have the word “Recyclable” printed on the battery. They often contain Mercury (Hg), Cadmium (Cd), Lithium (Li), or Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) and hopefully have these words or symbols printed on the battery. Non-alkaline are almost always RECHARGEABLE. These are the most dangerous type of battery to store and transport. They contain toxic materials and are capable of spontaneous explosions and fire if not handled appropriately. All “button” batteries contain toxic materials, and these may be collected and stored together for a short time in a sealed, zip-locked plastic bag. All other non-alkaline (recyclable) batteries should be individually placed in a sealed, zip-topped, plastic bags before leaving it at the YMCA. It’s easiest if you do this at home as soon as you realize the battery needs to be discarded.